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Healthcare Executive Roundtable: Developing the Next Generation of Culturally Competent Healthcare Leaders

  • The University of Texas Dell Medical School Health Discovery Building Austin, TX, 78712 United States (map)

Healthcare Executive Roundtable: Developing the Next Generation of Culturally Competent Healthcare Leaders

Friday, April 5, 2019  |  8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The University of Texas Dell Medical School, Health Discovery Building Room 1.204

About the roundtable

The U.S. is to become majority-minority nation by 2043 [i]. With this shift in demographics, racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare and the need for systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations has received considerable attention. 

As U.S. patient demographics continue this shift, the demand for culturally competent physicians, providers, and other healthcare professionals continues to grow. Cultural competence is fundamental to the delivery of quality health services, as culture defines healthcare expectations and impacts every encounter. Research suggests that when clinicians understand culturally diverse backgrounds, they can engage their patients more effectively and provide better care, thus improving patient outcomes [ii]. Additionally, the need for diverse healthcare providers continues to grow. A recent report by Modern Healthcare found that just <9% of physicians and <20% of nurses identify as racial or ethnic minorities [iii].  And these needs are most acute when considering the healthcare inequities facing many minority patient populations in the U.S.

However, many med students and future healthcare leaders are not being properly trained and equipped to understand the cultural nuances of diverse patients and how to best serve diverse patient groups.  Rather, they are being taught a “one-size-fits-all” approach to care delivery.

CHI’s roundtable brings together healthcare leaders, medical school academics and leaders, providers, patients, pharma, and other stakeholder groups for an innovative and collaborative discussion on how to best equip our future healthcare leaders with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that allow them to adequately treat all patients and communicate with their families.  Medical school and other healthcare training curriculums must be designed to appropriately train cultural competence. By proactively beginning to think about culturally competent healthcare leaders of tomorrow, we can begin to make steps towards addressing the broader healthcare disparities and heath inequities that afflict the U.S. healthcare system. 

The roundtable will bring together an intimate group of interdisciplinary healthcare thought-leaders, executives, academics, and industry leaders for action for a day of idea sharing, brainstorming, networking, and co-learning.


Distinguished Welcoming Remarks
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Dr. Benee Brown, PharmD

Board of Directors at CHI
Senior Medical Liaison at Sanofi

Dr. Benée Brown, PharmD, is the Senior Medical Liaison at Sanofi. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with experience in hospital, ambulatory care, managed care, and prescription benefit management (PBM) settings. Prior to her Diabetes Medical Liaison role with Sanofi, she served as a Women’s Health Medical Science Liaison with Eli Lilly. This was followed by serving as a Formulary Pharmacist for the second largest Prescription Benefit Management (PBM) Company in the U.S., with responsibility for more than 8 million covered lives. As a PBM pharmacist for the Caremark/CVS National Pharmacy and Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, Benée carefully conducted clinical reviews, pharmacoeconomic evaluations and provided evidence-based recommendations for various categories and classes of Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription drugs evaluation by the National Caremark/CVS P&T Committee.

Benée joined Sanofi in 2005 as a U.S. Medical Affairs Diabetes Medical Liaison in Chicago, IL and Austin, Texas in 2015. She serves as a respected leader and regional partner through the provision of evidence-based solutions in the form of diabetes-related education, support of diabetes-related clinical research and provision of unsolicited medical information. In addition, Benée works in establishing new and strengthening existing relationships with key diabetes thought-leaders, private and public organizations, and institutions. Benée has also successfully led initiatives and projects related to innovation, organizational strategy, diversity & inclusion, and the advancement of improved operational processes.

Since 2012, Benée has also served as an adjunct clinical professor at Chicago State University College of Pharmacy. Benée is an avid runner, biker, swimmer, reader and traveler.  She enjoys sharing her active lifestyle with her wonderful family which includes her husband, daughter and son.


7:30 AM
Registration, Breakfast, & Networking

8:30 AM
Opening Remarks

8:40 AM
1st Module

9:45 AM
Coffee Break

10:00 AM
2nd Module

11:30 AM
Closing Remarks & Recap



i. U.S. Census Bureau Projections Show a Slower Growing, Older, More Diverse Nation a Half Century from Now. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012. 

ii. Questions and Answers: Physicians should gain cultural competency. Brown University, 2015.

iii. Changing the Face of Care: Creating a Diverse Workplace in Hospitals. Children’s Hospital Association, 2016.